KAYAMA MATAZŌ (1927–2004), INSECT (KONCHŪ) | SHOWA PERIOD, 20TH CENTURY (1960S)
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KAYAMA MATAZŌ (1927–2004)
SHOWA PERIOD, 20TH CENTURY (1960s)
watercolour on paper, signed Mata and sealed Kayama Matazo, framed with a label, titled, signed and sealed by the artist on verso
45 x 53 cm., 17¾ x 20⅞ in. (unframed)
63 x 71 cm., 23¾ x 28 in. (framed)
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Not examined out of frame, but good condition overall.
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For a similar example, see no. 64 "All Works of Matazo Kayama Vol.1 -Animals/Landscape" (Gakushu Kenkyu Sha：1990)
Matazo was born in Kyoto in 1927. His father was a kimono textile designer and his grandfather was a painter of the Kano school. Following a hiatus during the Second World War, Matazo graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (currently Tokyo University of the Arts) in 1949. In 1958, he received the Guggenheim National Award for the Nation (Japan) along with four other artists including Takeo Yamaguchi (1902 - 1983) and Kaoru Yamaguchi (1907-1968). After teaching at the Tama University of Fine Arts from 1966 to 1973 and from 1977 to 1988, he moved to the Tokyo University of Fine Arts. In 1973 he won the Japan Art Award and in 1980 the Cultural Ministry Award. Notable commissions include three wall paintings for the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art (1978) and a ceiling painting, entitled “Claud Dragon”, for the main hall of Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto (1997).